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September 26, 2019

Dr. Larson’s Report to the OCC Board of Trustees

OCC President Dr. Larson

TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees

FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.


SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the September 26, 2019, Board Meeting

DATE: September 23, 2019

Strategic Initiatives

Attached to my report is the FY 2019 Annual Year-End Report, submitted on behalf of the Guiding Coalition, which provides an update to the Board of Trustees on the progress of the Charting our New Course transformative initiative. The Year-End Update is developed by the Guiding Coalition following receipt of annual strategy progress reports, also attached, and a collaborative process wherein strategy leader submissions are reviewed and discussed, questions are asked, and recommendations are offered.

There has been a significant amount of progress in all eight strategies during the past year. At Thursday’s meeting, Ms. Maureen Conlon, Assistant Director of Web Services, and Ms. Jackie D’Amore, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Talent and Organizational Development, co-chairs of the Guiding Coalition, will provide a brief presentation on this past year’s activities and achievements, as well as plans for next year.

Ms. Conlon has completed her two-year term as co-chair of the Guiding Coalition. Mr. Anthony Jordan, Enterprise Applications Director, will be introduced to you as the new co-chair who will be serving with Ms. D’Amore during the next year.

Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame

The 2019 Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Cocktail Reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the OCC Gymnasium. This year’s inductees include Ms. Louise Colie, Mr. Dan Crabbe, Mr. Clay Johnson, Mr. Peter Kellogg, Mr. Ed Vienckowski, Mr. Newt Wattis, and Mr. Roy Wilkins.

Proceeds from this event, as always, support the OCC Sailing Program. Tickets are available at

Academic Affairs

Dr. Antoinette Clay, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, is one of three individuals being honored by the Toms River Area Branch of NAACP with an NAACP Community Service Award. She will receive her award at the Annual Freedom Fund Dinner Dance, which will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Toms River. This year’s theme is “When We Fight We Win.”

The mission of NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination. Dr. Clay, through her community involvement and service during the past twenty-five years on both the state and local levels, has clearly had a significant impact in advancing this mission.

We congratulate Dr. Clay for this well-deserved honor.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

  • The School of Nursing admitted 106 students into the program for the Fall 2019 semester. A total of 336 students are enrolled this semester. There are 29 Clinical Instructors who provide education for 36 clinical groups within various health care facilities.
  • The Student Nurses Organization (SNO) will be hosting a Blood Drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 104 of the Hovnanian Health Sciences Building. Another Blood Drive is being planned for later in the semester in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health.

SNO members and Nursing lecturers will participate in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Point Pleasant Beach on Sunday, October 20, 2019, to raise funds to support breast cancer research.

  • One student completed the Psychosocial Rehabilitation program during the summer session. This is a joint program between Ocean County College and Rutgers University.
  • Nursing College Lecturer II Nancy Volk, MSN, RN, presented Test Taking Strategies, a program to assist Nursing students prepare for examinations administered within the program and to increase success rates on the national licensure examination, which is required to practice as a registered nurse.
  • Maryjean Natoli, MSN, RN, Nursing College Lecturer II, created and implemented a program to assist students to utilize their electronic textbooks to achieve maximum benefits and support success in the program.
  • MaryAnn Kaufmann, MSN, RN, CHSE, Skills, Simulation, and Student Retention Specialist, obtained certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator. Simulation experiences are incorporated in each clinical nursing course.
  • Members of the School of Nursing and Academic Affairs will be meeting with representatives of Community Medical Center, an affiliate of Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health, to discuss a potential partnership that would offer educational programs to employees of the Medical Center.

School of Arts and Humanities

  • College Lecturer II in English Samantha Glassford, and Assistant Dean Veronica Guevara-Lovgren presented Leveraging Institutional Data to Enhance Student Learning in the Accelerated Learning Program at the Fall 2019 Colloquium. The two informational sessions discussed the many perspectives involved in the process of utilizing data to make informed decisions regarding OCC’s English Accelerated Learning Program and the ongoing process of working toward equitable outcomes for OCC’s students.

College Lecturer II of Dance and Theatre Catherine Mancuso and Perkins Grant and Curriculum Compliance Program Director Susan O’Connor presented Course and Program Development at the Colloquium. Attendees were able to learn about the process of course and program development as they looked at the newly created Curriculum Training Course in Canvas. The sessions also directed attendees to helpful resources for course and program development.

  • On Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Easter Seals Deaf Connections Deaf Awareness Expo took place in the College Gymnasium, the first time the Expo was held at OCC. Many vendors were in attendance for this amazing event, which was moved to OCC in conjunction with the American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Training Program, led by ASL Assistant Professor Kathy Basilotto and ASL Instructor Saundra Piscitelli.
  • Assistant Professor Kathy Basilotto and Instructor Saundra Piscitelli are bringing their popular Rock and Roll Show to a new holiday on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grunin Theatre. The ASL Interpreter Training Program will be delighting the audience with the first-ever Halloween Rock and Roll Show.
  • Music College Lecturer II Brian Gilmore invited Armenian-born American pianist Raffi Besalyan, a phenomenal musician, to perform an exciting program, Dances and Transcriptions, on the Bosendorfer grand piano as part of the new Afternoon Recital Series. Besalyan will perform works by Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin during his September 27, 2019, concert.
  • Communication and Theatre College Lecturer II Paul Chalakani and the Repertory Theatre Company will be presenting Our Town from Friday, October 18, through Sunday, October 20, and Thursday, October 24, through Sunday, October 27, 2019. The Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Thornton Wilder will bring life in Grover’s Corners to the OCC campus. This classic is sure to play to a full house in the Black Box Theatre.

School of Business and Social Sciences

  • College Lecturer II in Political Science and History Jason Ghibesi, Professor of Social Science Lynn Kenneally, and College Lecturer II in Social Sciences Ben Castillo, in collaboration with Jan Kirsten, Executive Director of College Relations, organized this year’s 9/11 Commemoration, which was held at the Gateway Building Roundabout.
  • In recognition of Constitution Day, September 17, 2019, College Lecturer Jason Ghibesi organized two screenings of the film, On the Basis of Sex. The film chronicles Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s struggles as an attorney and new mother, who faced adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights.
  • On Sunday, October 6, 2019, Sean Bips, College Lecturer II in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management, and students in the OCC Hospitality Club will be competing once again in the annual ChowderFest held on Long Beach Island and sponsored by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. This year, OCC has partnered with faculty and students in the Hospitality Program at Stockton University. The OCC/Stockton team will be competing in two contests, Best New England Clam Chowder and Best Decorated Booth. Mr. Brett Hill and his team from Canteen, OCC’s food services provider, will again lead the culinary efforts on behalf of the OCC/Stockton team.
  • From Thursday, October 24, through Saturday, October 26, 2019, OCC Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members will attend various sessions of the PBL Careers Connections Conference in New York City. The event will include two main workshops, “How to Work a Room” and “Next Steps in Your Career.” PBL is the college division within the Future Business Leaders of America organization.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Highlights include:

  • OCC students enjoyed their first lab in ENGR 198, Autodesk Inventor. Their first assignment was to build a 3D race car model for a long distance challenge.
  • College Lecturer II in Engineering Pamela Bogdan and College Lecturer II in Biology Angel Camilo visited Festo Didactic, Inc., in Eatontown for a briefing on the equipment that could be provided for the College’s Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics Program.
  • STEM dedicated a Victory Garden at the American Legion in Toms River on Friday, August 9, 2019. The garden has provided fresh vegetables to the OCC pantry to support veterans and students.
  • The STEM Summer Camp on August 12 and 15, 2019, run by College Lecturer II in Computer Studies Edmund Hong and Angel Camilo was a success. The students constructed windmills to generate green energy and also enjoyed two virtual reality experiences with assistance from the Makers Club’s Virtual Reality equipment.

Center for Academic Success

  • Several activities are underway on campus:
  • Two Fall visits were scheduled for high school students to explore OCC’s Engineering Program.
  • Henry Jackson, Executive Director of Academic Success, met with Mr. Tom Gialanella, Executive Director of School Relations, and the Ocean County High School STEM Academy Steering Committee to advance partnerships.
  • Jackson is working with Mr. Chris Carbone, Career Services Coordinator, to attract Ocean County high school students to the Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser event that will be held at OCC on November 1, 2019.

High School Academies/Embedded Courses

  • Lacey Township High School has 15 students participating in Cohort II of the College Academy and 35 students in Cohort III.
  • As of this Fall 2019 semester, OCC will be offering at least one course in every Ocean County high school, including Donovan Catholic.
  • Fall 2019 high school registration is underway; over 1,500 students are expected to register for embedded courses in the high schools.

Student Affairs

Financial Aid

  • The new FAFSA filing cycle begins October 1, 2019, for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Opening Pathways to Education Now (OPEN) program commences its eleventh year of facilitating workshops to assist with the completion of FAFSA paperwork and discuss the basic concepts of financial aid for OCC students and the Ocean County community. The Fall 2019 workshop dates are October 19, November 16, and December 7, 2019.
  • The New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) was renewed for the 2019-2020 academic year, and all 18 county colleges are included. Ocean County College has thus far awarded 454 students, totaling $535,581, for the Fall 2019 semester.


  • Admissions has started delivering presentations for the 2019-2020 College Pathways program. This year, 14 Ocean County high schools are participating in the program, which is designed to support high school seniors with their transition to college through small group and one-on-one workshops. Prospective students and parents learn about OCC programs and how to complete an OCC application, after which they are invited to the campus to register to become students at the end of their senior year. To date, Admissions has delivered nearly 100 presentations to over 2,000 high school seniors and hundreds of parents at 10 of the 14 partner high schools. The remaining high schools will be given this presentation in the next few weeks. Additional presentations on financial aid and literacy and the FAFSA are scheduled throughout the year.

The 14 partner high schools include:

  1. Barnegat
  2. Brick Memorial
  3. Brick Township
  4. Central Regional
  5. Jackson Liberty
  6. Jackson Memorial
  7. Lacey Township
  8. Lakewood
  9. Manchester Township
  10. Pinelands Regional
  11. Point Pleasant Borough
  12. Toms River East
  13. Toms River North
  14. Toms River South

As a result of a successful 2018-2019 College Pathways program to 12 partner high schools, among other initiatives, 144 more Ocean County high school graduates have been enrolled in Fall 2019 as compared to Fall 2018. This increase comes despite 87 fewer graduating Ocean County seniors in 2019 compared to 2018. Presently, we have yields of over 30% from 9 county high schools as compared to 5 in 2018. The average yield is 3.03% larger than at the same time last year.


During August, the busiest month of the year, the HUB performed over 2,600 transactions at its front desk, which were tracked through the new queue system, QLess. The average service time was 4.47 minutes, which is within the transaction goal range of 3 to 5 minutes.

The HUB is currently working on enrollment campaigns for the rest of Fall reporting term, with focus on CCOG, non-degree and visiting students, and part-time degree-seekers. The HUB will continue to rely on email and text campaigns in conjunction with heavy phone campaigns to, hopefully, increase enrollment.

Southern Education Center

The Southern Education Center opened for the Fall 2019 semester with a few additions and modifications with the goal of expanding the opportunities, services, and programs to students residing in southern Ocean County. Additional courses, not offered in the past few Fall semesters, were made available, and 114 students enrolled in them. The Student Services Office has had an increase in the number of walk-in students seeking guidance in areas such as course and degree advisement, financial aid, registration, and general assistance. Student IDs are now available at the SEC. As the result of student feedback, one classroom has been converted from individual student desks to tables and chairs. Students are praising the refurbishment as professional and comfortable.

An SEC Canvas page was developed to allow for the distribution of important information and messaging to the students. Additionally, an electronic sign board has been installed at the entry door to further deliver SEC-based happenings and information. Student Life, in collaboration with SEC staff, conducted a Welcome Pizza Lunch for students last week.

Student Support Services

In 2018-2019, 26 Student Support Services (SSS) participants graduated from OCC with associate degrees; 23 of the graduates transferred to four-year institutions to pursue bachelor’s degrees.

Academic year 2019-2020 begins Year 5 of a five-year grant cycle, and SSS started strong. Ms. Alexis Lopez, SSS Technician, began presenting ten-minute information sessions in developmental math and English classes to recruit new participants. In only five days, SSS received 59 prescreening forms from students. The staff is currently reviewing the forms and will reach out to potential participants to fill 44 available openings.

Counseling Center

  • The Counseling Center has been busy with events recognizing September as Suicide Prevention month. Information about mental health and suicide prevention resources was distributed to students in compliance with the New Jersey Madison Holleran Act. The powerful display, In Their Shoes, was on the campus mall on September 9, 2019. The campus community viewed 277 pairs of shoes, representing the number of New Jersey youth, ages 10 – 24, who took their lives in a three-year period. A presentation was hosted on mental health and college students, featuring a speaker from Minding Your Mind at 12:30 p.m., on September 24, 2019. A fourth session of Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2019. Over 100 OCC and Kean-Ocean students, faculty, and staff have attended this training this year.
  • Kelly Petrolis, Part-Time Student Intervention Specialist, presented Managing Your Stress during Your Transition to College at the New Student Launch. The new intervention program for academically at-risk students with probation status, Restore Your Score (RYS), began this fall. This program includes scheduled contacts with a counselor, development of a plan to address students’ concerns and issues, participation in identified seminars on student success and career planning, and regular follow-up during the semester. A Canvas course was set up for communication and information-sharing with RYS students. The Counseling Center is working with Institutional Research on a pilot project this semester, involving 128 students randomly assigned to either a control group or an intervention group.

Counselors are conducting seminars twice a week on topics related to wellness, such as transitioning to college, managing stress, anxiety, depression, self-care, and ways to relax and recharge. These seminars are addressing the most reported challenges students experience in college and the primary reasons for students to visit the Counseling Center.

  • The Displaced Homemakers Program has 22 new clients for this funding year. Five clients are enrolled in Continuing and Professional Education programs – Medical Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist, and Graphic Design. Eleven clients are enrolled in the Fall 2019 semester for 106 credits; three are enrolled in Kean-Ocean after completing OCC associate degrees. On Monday, September 23, 2019, the first all-day training was conducted, facilitated by consultant and adjunct instructor Kathy DiMario, MA. The Program has increased its social media presence with the assistance of College Relations.

Finance and Administration

  • The Accounting Department is undergoing a reorganization that was prompted by the retirement of the Controller on October 1, 2019. Three key positions, Controller, Director of Financial Reporting, and Bursar, will be filled through internal promotion. While head count will not be reduced through the reorganization, budget savings will be accomplished by initiating a new hire at the Accountant level, rather than the Controller level. This is possible due to efforts made over the past year to cross train staff as well as efficiencies established through process review.
  • Jan Kirsten, Executive Director of College Relations, has been selected by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) as the 2019 District 1 Communicator of the Year. NCMPR presents an annual award in each of its seven districts to an individual who has demonstrated special leadership and ability in the areas of college marketing and communications.

The award will be presented at the District 1 Awards Luncheon during NCMPR’s conference in Providence, Rhode Island, which will take place from November 11 to 13, 2019. Ms. Kirsten will then become one of seven finalists for the National Communicator of the Year Award.

Congratulations are extended to Ms. Kirsten for being selected for this prestigious award.

  • On August 15, 2019, a meeting was held to review the financial model for the American Community College in Egypt program. The model was developed by Sara Winchester, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, and was shared with a variety of staff to increase awareness of the scope and scale of the program and the projected financial impact on the College. The model was built with flexibility in mind, to allow for changes as the program is implemented.
  • On September 11, 2019, a meeting was held with a representative of Connor Strong, the College’s insurance broker. The focus of the meeting was cybersecurity, and members of the OCC IT team attended to learn about the coverage provided by the College’s insurance policy. In addition, various prevention methods were discussed as well as the tools available to the College through School Alliance Insurance Coverage Fund (SAIF). Alfred Kirk will attend the Business and Finance Committee meeting in November to review all of OCC’s insurance policies, including cyber coverage.
  • At Thursday’s meeting, a number of revisions to Policy #5300, Students, Tuition and Fees, will be recommended to the Board for approval. The changes are as follows:
    • Removing the 12 credit limitation for Jump Start students. With the implementation of the Performing Arts Academy and other academies on the OCC campus, high school students will be permitted to take more than 12 credits per semester while still in high school.
    • Updating the rules for the use of Unemployment Waivers through the State workforce development program.
    • Removing the Cap and Gown fee from the College policy. Students pay the Cap and Gown fee directly to Barnes & Noble.

Ocean County College Foundation

  • The following events are being offered by the OCC Foundation as part of the Blauvelt Speaker Series, which is funded in part by the generosity of the late Bradford Thomas and Eleanor G. Blauvelt and the Wintrode Family Foundation:
  • This past year, the Grand Canyon celebrated its 100th anniversary since its designation as a national park. The OCC Foundation is presenting National Geographic Live! Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grunin Center Theatre. At this event, Kevin Fedarko, a writer by profession, will discuss his 750 mile hike of the entire length of the Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Bestselling author of The World is Flat and New York Times foreign columnist Thomas L. Friedman will be at the Grunin Center Theatre on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and accessible analysis of complex issues shaping the world. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has been described as “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”

If you are interested in attending either of these presentations, Blauvelt Speaker Series tickets are available through the Grunin Center.

  • The Foundation’s 18th Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, New Jersey. Registration and brunch begin at 9:30 a.m., as does the use of the Driving Range until 11:00 a.m., at which time the Shotgun Start Following an afternoon of golf, an Awards and Cocktail Reception will take place at 4:00 p.m.

In addition to playing in the Golf Classic, many sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds from the outing benefit the mission of the OCC Foundation.

Continuing and Professional Education


  • Continuing and Professional Education Healthcare programs have enrolled 205 students for the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Students enrolled in CPE summer Medical Billing and Coding Specialist and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant courses achieved a 100% passing rate on all national credentialing exams.
  • This fall, ten Certified Clinical Medical Assistant students received tuition assistance via substantial OCC Foundation Scholarship funds made possible by the Hovnanian Foundation. During training, students are placed at area physicians’ offices or health care facilities, where they will gain real world experience and continue to refine their new clinical skills. With the help of our Career Pathways Coordinator, scholarship students have excellent prospects for immediate employment upon program completion.

Business Engagement

CPE’s Business Engagement continues work with local employers and their staffs, including:

  • Nine Civil Service Test dates
  • Six Law Enforcement Exams (3,000+ candidates over six Saturdays)
  • Two Ocean Township employee trainings (Excel 1 and 2)
  • Seven employee training dates for Allies, Inc., an organization that provides housing and assistance for disabled individuals

Work Readiness

The first year of Work-Related Activity Providers (WRAP) Grant funding is coming to a close on September 30, 2019. The $300,000 WRAP Grant, funded through Ocean County Human Services, helped the Ocean County Achievement Center fund activities and resources to 64 eligible at-risk youth participants, who accomplished the following:

  • 32 High School Equivalency Diplomas awarded
  • 9 participants retained as full-time OCC students, 3 of whom took the Student Success course, with 4 additional participants accepted, potentially enrolling in Spring 2020
  • 1 enrolled in the CPE Veterinarian Assistant Training Program
  • 50 participants completed the Career Exploration Work Readiness course, finishing with multiple, employable industry-valued credentials

College Relations


  • College Relations partnered with Ilene Cohen, Executive Director of Athletics, and Mr. Kevin Byrne, Technical Coordinator for Athletics, to begin the school year with new marketing pieces, including recruitment brochures, newsletters, coach and student athlete handbooks, and fall sports schedules for the OCC Vikings. This effort is designed to attract new and returning students into OCC’s expanding athletics programs, promote the teams’ upcoming games to the larger Ocean County community, and to celebrate the successes of student athletes, both on and off the field. One of these pieces, the OCC Vikings Year in Review.
  • College Relations and Mr. Ryan Luurtsema, Coordinator for the Veteran and Military Resource Center (VMRC), together developed marketing materials for year-round publications available on the Joint Base in Lakehurst and many other bases nationwide. The advertisements tout OCC’s new VMRC, the College’s dedicated services for military veterans and service members and their families and distance learning programs that can be completed by active duty military members.


The College and the OCC Foundation recently partnered on an investment in a database system, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, to house all alumni, donor, and a variety of other constituent and prospect records. This centralized system allows for streamlined communication and promotion of alumni, donor, and other college-related events and programs while focusing on tracking and coordinating cultivation efforts. This is possible due to close collaboration with IT to import alumni information throughout the year, the Foundation’s consistent activity tracking, the data integrity efforts of the Alumni team, as well as the work of the Finance Office to track and record revenue raised from the constituents in this database. Moving forward, this joint venture will improve donor tracking and communication and support new initiatives.

A brief overview of the system will be presented Thursday by Ms. Jan Kirsten, Executive Director of College Relations; Ms. Kimberly Maloney, Director of Alumni and Advancement; and Mr. Ken Malagiere, Executive Director of the OCC Foundation. Their presentation will review how the system works, the data that can be tracked and analyzed, and the benefits to all of the constituents.

Human Resources

  • Opportunities continue to be offered to employees for developing new skills; the most recent sessions were Excel Advanced, Ocean Way Training, Word Advanced, and Search Committee training. Upcoming training offerings include Workplace Success – Eight Key Skills You Need, Recognizing and Preventing Burnout, Managing One > One Performance, and Excel Introduction. These trainings support Strategy #5, to “create a highly effective, challenging, supportive, and sustainable work environment.”
  • Ocean Way Summit meetings were held during Spring with the Leadership Academy Cohort 1 members, facilitators of the individual courses, and Human Resources. As a result of these meetings, the following changes to the program were implemented:
  • The program introduction was formalized to ensure messaging and content are consistent, including the mission, vision, and strategies.
  • The Ocean Way module was revised, and new facilitators are Sean Bips, College Lecturer II in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management, and Ms. Jan Kirsten.
  • A new module was added, First Things First: The Importance of a Civil Environment and Ethical Conduct at OCC, which will be facilitated by Tracey Donaldson, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.
  • The module for Customer Service: It’s Everyone’s Job! was updated. New facilitators are Sheena Hartigan, Director of Enrollment Services, and Ms. Kate Mohr, Assistant Director of Enrollment Services.
  • Participant Guides and Customer Service Standards booklets have been updated.

The first Ocean Way training for FY2020 was held in August. A total of 50 participants attended, the majority of whom were College Lecturers. Based upon survey results, the new and improved program was well received. To date, there are 231 Ocean Way graduates.

The training is reaping positive results. Anecdotally, after the August training, two students, on separate occasions, were walked to the HUB by professors. The professors stated they knew to bring the students to the HUB because of the recent Ocean Way training. The HUB was able to help each student with their particular issue and keep them enrolled at OCC.

Additionally, the Fall 2016 Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory indicated students felt that customer service at OCC needed improvement. Efforts were initiated to improve service to students, including the development of The Ocean Way. The impact of The Ocean Way training program and the 231 graduates can be seen in the Fall 2018 Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory results. In fact, improved student satisfaction was observed in 96.5% of the statements when comparing Fall 2016 results to Fall 2018.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

  • Early this month, the Governor announced that New Jersey is the first and only state wherein 100% of students in K-12 public schools have access to Arts Education. New initiatives are being explored to provide greater access to high quality arts education programs for Ocean County public school students.
  • The Grunin Center is excited to receive two grants, one from the National Endowment for the Arts ($10,000) and the other from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts ($12,750) to bring mobile and visual artist Kevin Reese to New Jersey for two weeks in Fall 2019 and three weeks in the Spring 2020 to create a program called Mobilizing Our Community.

In the Fall, Mr. Reese will be meeting with students from several schools to create miniature mobiles called “maquettes.” In the spring, he will work with students throughout the southern part of New Jersey. Students will be creating large-scale mobiles from 3 to 6 feet in diameter to be displayed at local businesses, service organizations, and schools.

Appreciation is expressed to our current sponsors and partners for the Mobilizing Our Community program: OceanFirst Bank, Matus Law Group, The Days Hotel, Appel Farm, OCC Student Life, Causeway Ford, Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, and the For Art’s Sake Fund (OCC Foundation). Through their support, the College is able to bring this arts education program to students who are unable to participate due to economic barriers and geographic limitations.

At Thursday’s Board meeting, Mr. Mark Wilson, Director of Cultural Affairs, and Ms. Jaclyn Wood, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator, will provide additional information regarding the Mobilizing Our Community project.

Upcoming Fall shows include:

  • Savion Glover – Friday, October 4, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
  • 102 Years of Broadway with Neil Berg – Friday, October 11, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Graham Nash – Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
  • An Evening with Cowboy Junkies – Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Max Weinberg’s Jukebox – Friday, November 22, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
  • The Ten Tenors – Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Natalie MacMaster, A Celtic Family Christmas – Friday, December 6, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Vienna Boys Choir – Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

RWJ Barnabas Family Show highlights during the Fall include:

  • Pinkalicious – Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Carol – Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Nutcracker – Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical – Saturday, December 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Novins Planetarium

  • The four shows for Laser Queen sold out in one day. Additional shows will be offered later this year.
  • Cara Muscio, Planetarium Manager, and her team are currently working with the Toms River School District to bring all sixth grade students to the Novins Planetarium during the month of October.
  • The staff is currently preparing for another sold out weekend of Harry Potter shows in September to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday.


In accordance with New Jersey Public Law 2015, Chapter 220, and College Policy #2332, Reporting of On-Campus Criminal and Fire Events, attached is the monthly statistics report of crimes, fires, and other emergencies on campus for the reporting period August 20, 2019, through September 10, 2019.

e-Learning and Learning Enterprises

Instructional Design and Operations

The department has been busy supporting students and instructors with their Fall courses. Educational Technologist Eric Daniels is offering Fall 2019 Educational Technology Training Week from September 23 to 27, 2019. Instructors are encouraged to attend trainings to learn more about Canvas, Cengage, Pearson, Hands-on Labs, Turnitin, Smarthinking, and Rosetta Stone.

The self-paced version of the Online Instructor Training will begin October 8, 2019, prior to the anticipated January 2020 start.


Dr. Maysa Hayward, Assistant Vice President of International Programs, Mr. Hatem Akl, Interim Associate Vice President of e-Learning and Learning Enterprises, and I had a very productive visit to Egypt from September 4 to 15, 2019. Following is a summary of the key highlights of this visit.

Existing OCC/Ain Shams/Kean Partnership

Cohort 4 recruitment is underway; to date, 32 students have confirmed their participation in Cohort 4. Workshops and training for Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 began on September 18, 2019.

OCC/NJIT/Tatweer Partnership

This initiative is focused on establishing an OCC/NJIT campus in Future City in partnership with Tatweer Misr, a privately held investing group. Although the original start date was planned for Fall 2020, it now appears a more realistic date is Fall 2021.

In collaboration with NJIT, OCC has been working on a Middle States Branch Campus application as well as the International Branch Campus application required by the Egyptian government.

During our visit, we met with Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, CEO and Managing Director of Tatweer Misr, Ms. Dahlia Sherif, Tatweer Misr Vice President, and two architects, Ms. Dalia Zakaria and Mr. Mohamed Said. Outstanding issues related to the Middle States application were discussed, such as the location mailing address and the description and nature of the “first” building. Also discussed was Tatweer’s readiness for an MOU signing in November; however, Tatweer responded it is awaiting a report from the Collier Group to complete the business plan so an MOU signing would probably occur in February 2020. Tatweer representatives will be visiting the U.S. to meet with NJIT and OCC on October 2, 2019.

American Community College Project

The trip included a number of visits to the future sites of the American Community College in Egypt, including Ain Shams University, Helwan University, and Alexandria University. The Egyptian Cabinet decree is delayed, but recommendations were made by the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU), the Higher Education accrediting body in Egypt, to begin offering the American Community College curriculum in the form of Special Programs within the Governmental Universities using a 2+1+1 model with an American senior institution, similar to the OCC/Ain Shams/Kean Program wherein OCC delivers the first two years of the four-year degree, the Egyptian host university teaches the third-year curriculum, and an American affiliate university delivers the fourth-year curriculum. The student, after four years, will achieve three degrees, an associate degree from OCC, a bachelor of arts degree from the Egyptian host university, and a bachelor of arts degree from an American affiliate university.

Badr University in Cairo

In August, Dr. Hasan El Kalla, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Badr University in Cairo (BUC), visited OCC to discuss potential collaboration options. While in Egypt, we visited BUC to continue those discussions. BUC is a private university owned by a holding company named “Cairo Investment and Real Estate Development,” publicly traded with the stock symbol “CIRA.” BUC, which opened in 2013, now has 10,000 students. It will continue expanding very quickly as a result of receiving approvals from the Egyptian accrediting authorities to establish seven new schools (faculties) this September.

OCC’s team was warmly welcomed by the BUC administration and Board Chair Dr. Hassan El Kalla. Meetings were held with Dr. Mostafa Kamal, President of BUC; Dr. Ashraf Ghaleb, Vice President for Post Graduate Studies, Scientific Research, and International Affairs; and all school deans. Discussions included the role of the Community College, OCC’s history, as well as our efforts in Egypt to date. Dr. Ashraf Ghaleb presented the mission and vision of BUC and its brief but very successful history, after which all of BUC’s deans presented their views of the OCC/BUC collaboration. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Mostafa Kamal and I signed an MOU to formalize the collaboration.

New OCC Employment in Egypt

With assistance from OCC’s legal services provider in Egypt, Hegazy and Associates, OCC filled the first two positions in Egypt.

Additional Important Meetings in Egypt

  • Abd El Wahab Ezzat and Dr. Hussein Eissa, past Presidents of Ain Shams University
  • Mahmoud El Mitiny, Current President of Ain Shams University
  • Esam El Kordy, President of Alexandria University
  • Maged Negm, President of Helwan University
  • Abdul Aziz Qansua, Governor of Alexandria
  • Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., President of American University in Cairo
  • Sherry Carlin, USAID Mission Director in Egypt
  • General Khalid Said, Director of ACA in Alexandria

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